Feeling at home

Follow the leader — Theo Johnson (14) leads the Flames in scoring. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Theo Johnson is red-hot going into Big South tourney Sacramento, California. Charleston, South Carolina. And now, Lynchburg, Virginia. This was the journey taken by Theo Johnson, the Flames men’s basketball team’s active leading scorer. And this was no short journey. The transfer student out of College of Charleston is having …

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Lancers clip Flames

Fight — The Flames lost a tough battle against in-state foe Longwood Feb. 17. Photo credit: Kevin Manguiob

Longwood completes season sweep with close win The Liberty Flames men’s basketball team (7-22, 1-15 Big South) continued its regular-season struggles after falling to the Longwood Lancers (8-21, 4-12 Big South), 78-72, Feb. 17. In the second matchup between these two teams this season, Longwood wasted little time getting on …

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Trials and triumphs of training

Examine — Trainer Aaron Schreiner works to rehabilitate injured players. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Aaron Schreiner works behind the scenes to ensure student-athletes’ safety When athletes go crashing to the floor, audiences are silenced, doing the only thing they know how to do — wait. But in those moments, while everyone else is frozen in fear, athletic trainers, including Liberty’s men’s basketball trainer Aaron …

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Big South streak halts

Power — Freshman forward Evan Maxwell raises up for a layup. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Men’s basketball wins first conference game of the season over Campbell The drought is over. Liberty men’s basketball finally tacked a conference victory onto its record with a 73-60 home victory over Campbell Tuesday, Feb. 10. Redshirt freshman guard Ryan Kemrite’s onslaught of three pointers early in the second half …

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Slow start for Flames

HIT — James Johnson has struggled with fouls, averaging 5.4 per 40 minutes of play. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

2014-15 men’s basketball team trudges through the first half of the season Singer Barbara Cook once told us in her legendary voice, “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.” Unfortunately for Liberty, she may have been onto something. After an 85-71 defeat against conference opponent Longwood Lancers (6-13, …

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Big South preview

A look at this year’s crop of men’s basketball squads 1. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers The reigning Big South tournament champions return virtually every key player from last year’s squad, setting themselves up nicely for a repeat bid. Big-time schools will envy the Chants three-man backcourt of Warren Gillis, Josh Cameron …

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Ready for tipoff

Layer’s annual training camp helps squad build conditioning “You have to go through something to be something.” Those words, spoken by Head Coach Dale Layer, are the heart of Liberty men’s basketball’s annual “boot camp” week. It is a tradition that marks the start of preseason each year: seven days …

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Flames represent nations

VETERAN — Polish native Tomasz Gielo has started 66 games since arriving at Liberty in 2011 and is the Flames leading returning scorer. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Tomasz Gielo and Peter Moller play for home countries in European tourney During this past summer, while the rest of the Flames were preparing for the upcoming season, two Liberty Flames basketball players were back in their native countries, preparing for one of Europe’s largest tournaments. EuroBasket 2015 plays host …

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Men’s b-ball wins Laguna Madre title

paint presence — Antwan Burrus tips in a missed shot late in the second half against Virginia. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

The Liberty Flames men’s basketball team (3-5) competed in the Corpus Christi Challenge Nov. 23-30, claiming the Laguna Madre Division Championship after defeating the Sam Houston State Bearkats (5-3) 62-58 Saturday, Nov. 30. The Flames held the Bearkats to 33 percent shooting from the field and outrebounded Sam Houston State, …

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Searching for repeat

CROSSOVER — Davon Marshall (1) set a new school record with 107 three-pointers last season. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Last season, the Liberty Flames men’s basketball team shocked not only the Big South Conference (BSC) but the entire country, being only the second team to win its conference tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament with 20 losses since Coppin State University did it in 2008. With the …

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